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Whither Sergio?

  • Blog Post by: Jim Souhan
  • April 12, 2013 - 4:02 PM

One day after saying he never meant to say he couldn't win The Masters, Sergio Garcia convinced everyone he was right the first time. After shooting a 66 on Thursday, he shot 76 on Friday, falling from a tie for first to a tie for 15th.

Garcia looks for scapegoats and excuses when he plays poorly. Friday ,it was that dastardly wind.

``There were some shots you would hit well that would make you look a little bit silly, like what happened to me on 15,'' he said. ``I hit a great three-iron. It's almost dead calm when Angel (Cabrera) and Adam (Scott) were hitting. I hit mine, I hit what I thought was a perfect shot to the middle of the green and caught a huge gust and unfortunately it comes up short into the water.

``You know, those things you can't really control.''

Cabrera managed. He shot a 69.

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The Masters penalized 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan a shot for slow play. The tournament is within its rights to do so, but hadn't called a similar penalty on another golfer since 1995.

Guan said he understood and accepted the penalty.

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Tiger Woods has surged into a tie for the lead with Fred Couples, who spent the entire round stretching his always-touchy back, and Marc Leishman, the Australian playing in his third major. I'll write about Tiger and his strange band of competitors for the Saturday paper.

By the way, don't give Tiger another green jacket yet. Last year he was eight under in the first two rounds of majors and 15 over in the second two rounds.

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